Many women are now putting off having children until later on in life. There are many reasons that having children after the age of 30 has become preferable to many. However, this timeframe also coincides with the time in a woman’s life when it becomes difficult for her to become pregnant. Knowing how long you should wait can be very important when you are planning your pregnancy journey.
1. What Happens As We Age?
Women are made differently than men when it comes to reproductive health. For example, men are able to produce new sperm every three months throughout their life, but women are born with the number of eggs that we will have for the rest of our lives.
Because of this, the health of our eggs is very important. Issues such as injuries or surgeries can affect how many eggs that we have remaining and if they can become fertilized. Age also has a huge factor because our eggs are used on a monthly basis. The closer we come to menopause the fewer eggs we will have and the less likely it becomes for us to become pregnant.
2. Is There a Way to Tell How Long I Have Left?
In the past, there were no tests available that would allow you to know how long that you have left to become pregnant. However, there is now a test being offered by the Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine and has the possibility to help eliminate exactly how much time is left for them to remain fertile.
This new test allows women who are under the age of 40 to understand the health of their eggs when the test is conducted as well as the health that they are expected to have 1 to 2 years, five years, or 10 years in the future. This test has the ability to give women some tools that they need to in order to prepare for the next chapter of their life.
3. How Does the Test Work?
The test itself is fairly simple and consists of an ultrasound and blood tests. In order to have this assessment completed the patient must go through a new patient physician consult to begin with. After this point she will undergo a 3-D ultrasound, which will evaluate her uterus as well as the number of eggs that are being stimulated during a regular menstrual cycle.
Blood tests are also taken to tests for hormones such as, FSH, LH, Estradiol and Anti-Mullerian Hormone. These hormones help doctors reviewed the quality of the eggs as well as how many eggs are remaining. After these tests have been conducted an appointment will be set so that the physician can go over the test results with the woman. This has cost of about $700 and can give a woman the information that she needs in order to understand how the future will play out when it comes to having children.
4. How Can This Affect Future Pregnancies?
Women who are considering taking this test have said that information provided by the test could affect how they plan the future of their families. Women who have been considering waiting until they are older to have children may find that they actually do not have as much time as they once thought.
Because of this, women who do take this test may make plans to save their eggs by creating embryos have having them frozen or they may speed up the process of having children. Regardless of the decisions that are made, this test has the ability to provide answers to women who are thinking about waiting until they are older to have children but are uncertain as to if they will be able to have children in the future because they have waited.
Because this test is a fairly new concept, results for it should be taken with some caution. Research will still need to be conducted in order to determine how accurate the test results are and women should proceed cautiously when they are relying on information provided by this test. However, in the future it may be able to provide women with the tool that they need to comfortably plan how to build a family and how old that they wish to become before they have children.